Island Savings

Our Business Experts

 

Whether you're starting, growing, protecting, or planning for your business' succession, our team of business banking experts are here to provide you with remarkable service and the products and services you need to be successful.


Victoria
Brittany Bird, Business Banking Advisor
Leslie Dheensaw, Commercial Banking Advisor
Justin Lee, Senior Commercial Banking Advisor
Gary Smith, Senior Commercial Banking Advisor

Central Vancouver Island / Cowichan Valley
Felice Iorio, Regional Manager, Commercial Banking
Cale Sterloff, Commercial Banking Advisor
Alaina Wilson, Commercial Banking Advisor

Gulf Islands
Alicia Herbert, Business Banking Advisor

 

 

Meet our Business Banking Experts

 

Brittany Bird

Business Banking Advisor

Phone: 250-385-4476 Email: BBird@islandsavings.ca
Serving: Victoria community from our Island Savings’ Mayfair branch

Brittany was born and raised in Prince George and moved to the Island in 2011. She has been working in the Financial Services industry since 2006 in a variety different roles and has completed her Residential and Business Lending training. She is proud to be a Credit Union employee and enjoys being part of a community focused organization.

Her favorite part of the job is going to a member’s business and seeing firsthand what they are building. She enjoys meeting new business members and working together to find solutions tailored to their needs.

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Leslie Dheensaw

Commercial Banking Advisor

Phone: 250-385-4476 Email: LDheensaw@islandsavings.ca
Serving: Victoria community from our Island Savings’ Mayfair branch

Leslie has lived in Victoria for over 20 years and has established a successful career in commercial and retail banking on Vancouver Island. Joining Island Savings from another financial institution, Leslie brings a sound understanding of the Victoria business market to our team, and is able to provide our members with valuable industry insight and expertise.

Leslie is proud to be a member of an organization that is focused on community involvement. She is committed to developing and growing relationships, and enjoys partnering with members to continuously evolve and grow their businesses.

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Alicia Herbert

Business Banking Advisor

Phone: 250-537-5587 Email: AHerbert@islandsavings.ca
Serving: our members on the Gulf Islands

Alicia has been part of the Salt Spring Island community since 1987 and joined Island Savings in 2009. She holds a Marketing Management Diploma from the British Columbia Institute of Technology and has completed her Personal Financial Planning and Consumer and Commercial Lending and Mortgages training. Alicia brings prior experience as a Marketing and Administrative Manager and as a Commercial Property Owner and Manager.

Alicia is an active volunteer board member for Island non-profits, particularly those benefiting children and families.

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Felice Iorio

Regional Manager, Commercial Banking

Phone: 250-746-4171 Email: FIorio@islandsavings.ca
Serving: Cowichan Valley communities

Over the course of Felice's many years with Island Savings, he has focused on developing high service standards and strong relationships with his members. He is a Fellow of the Credit Union Institute of Canada, has an Associate of Arts Diploma in Business Administration, and has completed the Canadian Securities course.

Felice prides himself on being an integral part in finding the right solutions. He feels the best part of his job is understanding his members and collaborating with them to make their projects a reality.

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Justin Lee

Senior Commercial Banking Advisor

Phone: 250-385-4476 Email: JLee@islandsavings.ca
Serving: Victoria community from our Island Savings’ Mayfair branch

Born and raised in Victoria, B.C., Justin knows the local business landscape well. Justin completed his post-secondary education at Camosun College and the University of Victoria, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Commerce. He then spent 10 years with a chartered bank, including four years as a Senior Business Advisor.

Justin joined Island Savings in 2008 and is proud to be working for an organization where community involvement is encouraged and corporate integrity is paramount. Coming from a family of business owners, he understands the unique nature of ownership and looks forward to helping your business succeed in this marketplace.

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Gary Smith

Senior Commercial Banking Advisor

Phone: 250-385-4476 Email: GSmith@islandsavings.ca
Serving: Victoria community from our Island Savings’ Mayfair branch

Island raised, Gary moved to Saskatchewan to study economics. Following graduation with an honours degree, Gary spent five years with a Victoria chartered accountancy firm before moving overseas to coach professional hockey. Along the way, he managed a tourist attraction and worked as a consultant. His diverse blend of commercial knowledge and accounting experience has given Gary a broad understanding of his members' objectives.

In over a decade at Island Savings, Gary has helped numerous businesses in the Cowichan Valley and Victoria on the road to success. He is especially proud when he helps entrepreneurs attain their goals.

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Cale Sterloff

Commercial Banking Advisor

Phone: 778-678-0091 Email: CSterloff@islandsavings.ca
Serving: Cowichan Valley communities

Cale was born and raised in Vancouver and received his Bachelor Degree in Economics from the University of Victoria after transferring from Miami Dade Florida. Cale and his wife Anna have a busy household of four young boys and they fully take advantage of all the Island life has to offer. He has been in the financial sector for over 15 years, both in Management and Advisory roles.

In 2015 Cale joined the Commercial team of Island Savings Credit Union coming from one of the Big 5 financial institutions. He has brought with him his industry knowledge, desire to advice businesses small to large and lending skills.

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Alaina Wilson

Commercial Banking Advisor

Phone: 250-737-2515 Email: AWilson@islandsavings.ca
Serving: Cowichan Valley communities

Alaina has over a decade of experience at Island Savings working with business leaders in our community. She manages portfolios by engaging members and identifying their current and future financial needs and concerns, which allows her to provide individualized financial counseling and assessment.

Having grown up on the Island, Alaina is passionate about local business. She particularly likes making on-site visits to business owners, which aids her in finding the appropriate mix of Island Savings products and services to enhance their operations.

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